Definitely not good news, good thing we signed Barnes.
Whittier Daily News: Adding depth at small forward was one reason why the Lakers signed Barnes, a former UCLA standout who played last season with the Orlando Magic. The Lakers are concerned Luke Walton could miss the season because of a back injury, Kupchak said.
“We feel we have to have some insurance there,” he said.
Walton was limited to 29 games last season, undergoing surgery to relieve the pain from a pinched nerve. Kobe Bryant shifted frequently from shooting guard to small forward in order to serve as Ron Artest’s backup in 2009- 10.
“It’s a possibility,” Kupchak said when asked if he was worried Walton would be sidelined for all of 2010-11.